UPDATED: 03/16/11 | Originally Published: 10/06/09
Every few months, I find a particular area in my house that I become bored with or annoyed with. I feel the urgent need to change it up, dress it up or fix it up. Problem is, we're almost always on a tight budget, and well, I'm also just a wee bit cheap. So, instead of going to the store, I go "shopping" in my house.
Here are a few of the items that I've repurposed for other decorative and functional uses — maybe some can inspire you, too:
• colorful, vintage flower pot to hold feminine items on my bathroom shelf
• large glass vase to hold magazines in our guest bathroom
• vintage wooden airplane propeller hanging on the wall in our kids' playroom
• stylish black stetson hanging on the wall in our bedroom
• a vintage window pane that will eventually frame a picture in one of my bathrooms
• Baskets, baskets, baskets! We use a basket to hold bread in the kitchen; two handled baskets sit on the bottom of our staircase to hold items that need to be taken upstairs; a labeled basket is assigned to each person in our family in the entryway of our house to hold keys, bags, lunchboxes, sunglasses, etc; my husband and I each have our own basket on the counter of our bathroom to hold our respective toiletries.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out these additional ideas for more repurposed home decorating:
• old and vintage maps as wall art, from Poetic Home
• old drawers turned into mobile gardening boxes
• transform drawers into shelves like Trash to Treasure does
• ideas for repurposing an old dresser, leather or vintage fabric from Home Made Simple
• Like Merchant Ships uses what she has to turn a punch bowl into a planter, use a curtain panel to make a table cloth, or use an old chair as a stereo and ipod stand
• Small Notebook repurposed a bar in her new home into a kid's closet
What have you repurposed as home decor? Share your ideas below!